compound[käm po̵und′, käm′po̵und′; kəm po̵und′; for adj.usually & for n.always, käm′po̵und′]
- The definition of a compound is something that contains two or more parts.
An example of compound is a mixed cocktail.
- Compound means to mix multiple ingredients together or make something bigger.
- An example of compound is to blend grass clippings, leaves and vegetable matter for compost.
- An example of compound is adding rocks to a rock pile.
- An example of compound is to gain interest on money in a savings account.
A compound would be this drink.
- to mix or combine
- to make by combining parts or elements
- to settle by mutual agreement; specif., to settle (a debt) by a compromise payment of less than the total claim
- to compute (interest) on the sum of the principal and the accumulated interest which has accrued at regular intervals: interest compounded semiannually
- to increase or intensify by adding new elements: to compound a problem
Origin of compoundMiddle English compounen ; from Old French compon(d)re, to arrange, direct ; from Classical Latin componere, to put together: see composite
- to agree
- to compromise with a creditor
- to combine and form a compound
- a thing formed by the mixture or combination of two or more parts or elements
- a substance containing two or more elements chemically combined in fixed proportions
- a word composed of two or more base morphemes, whether hyphenated or not: English compounds are usually distinguished from phrases by reduced stress on one of the elements and by changes in meaning (Ex.: blackʹbird, blackʹ birdʹ; grandʹ-aunt, grandʹ auntʹ)
compound a felony (or crime)
Origin of compound< compound
- an enclosed space with a building or group of buildings within it
Origin of compoundAnglo-Indian ; from Malay kampong, enclosure
verbcom·pound·ed, com·pound·ing, com·pounds
- To combine so as to form a whole; mix: Tin was often compounded with lead to make pewter.
- To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts; compose or make up: pharmacists compounding prescriptions.
- To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust.
- To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest.
- a. To add to or intensify so as to make worse: “The university authorities &ellipsis; compounded their crime in dismissing [the professor] by denying that their action &ellipsis; reflected any abridgment of academic freedom” (John Kenneth Galbraith).b. To make worse by being an additional or intensifying factor: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters.
- To combine in or form a compound.
- To come to terms; agree.
- Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts.
- Botany Composed of more than one part: a compound pistil.
- A combination of two or more elements or parts.
- Linguistics A word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words, such as loudspeaker, self-portrait, or high school, or of specially modified combining forms of words, such as Greek philosophia, from philo-, “loving,” and sophia, “wisdom.”
- Chemistry A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means. A compound usually has properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
Origin of compoundAlteration of Middle English compounen, from Old French componre, compondre, to put together, from Latin compōnere; see component.
- A building or buildings, especially a residence or group of residences, set off and enclosed by a barrier.
- An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war.
Origin of compoundAlteration of Malay kampong, village.
- an enclosure within which workers, prisoners, or soldiers are confined
- a group of buildings situated close together, eg. for a school or block of offices
- composed of elements; not simple
- a compound word
- (music) An octave higher than originally (i.e. a compound major second is equivalent to a major ninth).
- (composed of elements): simple
- Anything made by combining several things.
- (chemistry, dated) A substance made from any combination elements.
- (chemistry) A substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight.
- (linguistics) A lexeme that consists of more than one stem; compound word; for example laptop, formed from lap and top.
(third-person singular simple present compounds, present participle compounding, simple past and past participle compounded)
- To form (a resulting mixture) by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts.
- to compound a medicine
- To assemble (ingredients) into a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
- To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
- (law) To settle by agreeing on less than the claim, or on different terms than those stipulated.
- to compound a debt
- To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise.
- (intransitive) To come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration.
compound - Legal Definition
- To determine the interest on the principal and on whatever interest has already accrued.
- To settle a claim or debt for an amount less than what is alleged to be due.
- To agree, in exchange for consideration, not to prosecute a crime or seek punishment for the convicted criminal. See also compounding a crime.